Geneva – Three high level experts have been appointed to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya, the President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow announced Friday. The Experts are Cherif Bassiouni, Asma Khader and Philippe Kirsch*.
The Council resolved by consensus to establish the independent, international Commission of Inquiry at the end of its Special Session on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on 25 February 2011.
Following the Special Session, acting on the recommendation of the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly suspended the rights of membership of Libya in the Council.
The Commission’s mandate is “to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya, to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and of the crimes perpetrated, and, where possible identify those responsible to make recommendations, in particular, on accountability measures, all with a view to ensuring that those individuals responsible are held accountable.”
The Commission is due to report to the Council at its next session in June.
Ambassador Phuangketkeow called on the Libyan authorities and all concerned parties to fully cooperate with the Commission.
“Impunity fuels violence and instability,” he said. “The pre-eminent experts forming this Commission of Inquiry will serve to investigate the facts of the alleged continuing violations in Libya and aim to bring a measure of accountability and justice to the victims.”
For information on the Human Rights Council 15th Special Session on the “Situation of human rights in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”, please visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/15/index.htm
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